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tell us more about this 16-year-old chinese swimming sensation. i already love her name. ye shiwen. i already love her name, it's perfect. >> a lot of the focus is on her today. she is an amazing swimmer. only 16 years old. now, the focus is actually because of what happened on saturday. she won the 400 meter individual medley and she smashed her own record by more than five seconds and, get this, kyra, she also, if you look at the timing, was faster in the last 15050 meters of that race on saturday than ryan lochte. even he was just amazed. but what's been happening is that she's being accused by one u.s. coach that's actually pretty reputable saying, well, this is suspicious. how could she smash a record like this? this is just not human. so, senior british official today talked back and this is what he said. just to put it into perspective about her.
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>> she is clean, that is the end of the story and let us recognize that there is an extraordinary swimmer out there who deserves the recognition for talant in these games. >> the chinese also themselves are pretty a annoyed that the whole idea of doping is coming up in this. shiwen says this. she says there is absolutely no problem with doping and the chinese team has always had a firm policy about anti-doping. so, the bottom line here on this story is she has not tested positive for anything. >> point well made. i love ryan lochte coming forward, zain, and saying it was pretty impressive. it was a female and she was fast. if she was there with me, i don't know, she may have beat me. >> she may conquer later today
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when she competes. she was faster by ryan lochte by 0.10 seconds. lochte said this about her, it was pretty impressive and it was a female. i don't know, she might have beat me. we'll see how she does a little bit later today. >> we'll be watching her and, of course, we love our missy franklin, too. only 17 years old there. zain verjee, thanks so much. one of the biggest tape delay controversies we've ever seen. nbc is getting slammed for delaying olympic coverage to get a bigger audience. it was this promo that got so many people talking. >> when you're 17 years old and win your first goad medal, there's no one we'd rather share it with. we were there when missy franklin and her parents reunite. live from london, tomorrow. >> here's the deal, that promo played six minutes before nbc aired her gold medal swim.
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then there is the internet, twitter, facebook, real-time beating out the fight for ratings. lori has been following all of this. there seems to be a big disconnect between network tv, what it wants to achieve and then the worldwide web and how quickly things happen. >> well, kyra, i certainly don't think that they can ignore the growing presence of social media and what this has really done, the first time we've really seen that impact in just how much it affects how you experience the games. now, people may hate the spoilers, but not actually affecting ratings. people may know the outcome, but still tuning in during the primetime hours. in a statement it said, this audience number for the london opening ceremony is a great opening sign that our strategy of driving people to watch nbc in primetime is working. we look forward to the next 16 nights of compelling
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competition. it may be a pain for people like us, but it's not affecting the numbers. will it change next go around? not really sure about that one. >> well, nbc also doing the live streaming of these events. how is that working out? >> you know, the live streaming, we should definitely note that live streaming is happening here bhauz a lot of people are saying we don't get to experience these events live, but you do get to experience them live if you go on your smartphone or tablet, you can take a look there. people have been going to twitter it complain and give nbc that hash tag because they'll go to experience these on their smartphones and tablets and it gets a bit delayed or spotty because so many people want to experience those events live and there's such an appetite for it. >> laurie segull, thank you. the most watched summer games opening ceremony, it's a record.
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quick note for those of you if you're heading out the door, continue watching cnn from your mobile phone or if you're heading to work, you can also watch cnn live from your desktop go to cnn.com/tv. so, if you want to know how mitt romney enjoyed his week-long visit to the uk, israel and poland, you might not want to ask him at a photo-op. p his handlers didn't like it either. the president's day in warsaw, a wreath laying at the tomb of the unknown soldier followed by a speech of his economic and political ideas. >> the world should pay close attention to the transformation of poland's economy. a march towards economic liberty and smaller government has meant a march towards higher living standards, a strong military that defends liberty at home and
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abroad and an important and growing role on the international stage. >> cnn's jim acosta traveling with romney joins me live. let's talk about what mitt romney was wanting to accomplish in poland. >> well, kyra, what he wanted to accomplish here in poland is basically to pay tribute to the polish for their transformation from a former soviet block country to, basically, the economic envy of europe, the economy here is roaring ahead of the rest of europe right now and romney said there are lessons to be learned from what's happening here in poland. but i have to tell you, it was very interesting to watch this campaign depart from this overseas trip and head back to the u.s. mitt romney is now in the air heading back to the united states, which will basically put him smack dab in the middle of a campaign that will not stop until november. we tried to ask mitt romney about some of these perceived
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gaffe gaffes that he had. at israel he gave that moving speech defending israel's right to exist and at a fund-raiser he seemed to make a comparison between the israelis and palestinians in terms of their economic vitality and wondered whether culture might have something to do with the disparity between the israelis and palestinians. it was here in warsaw, kyra, that we tried to ask the gop contender about some of the comments he made. whether some of these gaffes overshadowed what he tried to accomplish. that's when a press aide came up to us and basically shouted us down. >> governor romney, do you have a statement? governor romney, do you feel your gaffes have overshadowed your foreign trip? >> governor romney -- >> show some respect. >> we won't have another chance to ask him questions. >> this is a holy site for the
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polish people. show some respect. >> now, the traveling press secretary, rick gorka that you heard in that video he later called a couple of the reporters from the traveling press corps and apologized for those comments. i had a chance to catch up with stewart stevens who is a senior adviser to the romney campaign and basically he didn't want to have anything about these questions of gaffes and mishaps. in his words, kyra a, he said this trip has been a great success. kyra? >> what was the response from you and other reporters, you know, there with regard to was that a respectful moment or not to yell out those questions at that particular moment? >> well, kyra, as you know, shouted questions happen back in the states. shouted questions are going to happen overseas. you should see the british and how they relate to their political leaders overseas.
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we witnessed that first hand when we were in london. i have to tell you, just to put all this in perspective, in case there are folks out there who are watching this for the first time, we were a good 100 yards away from the polish tomb of the unknown soldier and we waited until mitt romney paid his respects and he started to walk away from that site with the mayor of this city. they were chatting for a good five to ten minutes. and we were in a public plaza where there were other pedestrians walking around and taking pictures and it was as he was moving towards his vehicle to leave that scene that we started to ask those questions. so, this was very much another day at the office for the candidate and his traveling press corps. i think perhaps there might be some frustrations inside the romney campaign about some of the coverage of this trip. i overheard one romney aide just yesterday complaining that too much of the coverage has been about the gaffes and not enough about the substance that they laid out for reporters. so, there were some frustrations there and they kind of boiled
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over today, kyra? >> point made, jim acosta, thanks so much. let's talk about that hot, dry weather gripping the country right now. we're in a drought of historic proporti proportions. actually our in-depth this week. the darker colors will show the most severe areas of the drought. notice not a lot of green in there. the green areas are the only places not seeing a problem. the midwest and plain states are seeing the worst of it. our christine romans is in davenport, iowa, for us, her home state, actually. we sent her there on many stories, politics and now the drought. what do you think, christine? have you ever seen it this bad in your home state? >> well, you know, a lot of the farmers around here tell me that '88 was the last time they saw it like this. my parents say that. '88 and other say it is maybe going to rival 1956, that is a time that most farmers don't remember, but a really tough
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year, nonetheless. this is a what a good, this is not a perfect ear of corn, kyra, and this, kyra, is what is coming out of the fields now. you're getting a lot of this. so, we've been walking through these fields and trying to figure out how bad this crop is going to be and what farmers are going to do about it. listen. what are the two things that farmers talk about when they sit around with a cup of coffee? >> will it rain? did you get any rain? who got rain? >> three versions of rain. >> every farmer in iowa feels they have a moral responsibility to do everything they can for this crop to grow as much as we can even though we know it is going to be short. this is one of the good-looking fields. >> this is good looking? >> you know from the road this is a nice-looking field and it is pathetic. >> can i tell you, there is some hope for the soybeans. those go in the ground a little bit later, kyra. some farmers, including joe, say
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they hope they're going to get decent beans and just starting to flower. n now, if it started to rain, that could really help the beans. there's no rain in the forecast. it's not even noon and it's already 90 degrees here. going to be hot. these corn leaves are going to curl up and try to protect themselves and go on defense and these ears of corn are not going to grow. we won't know how bad the crop is until farmers can get in their combins and get out there and harvest it and that doesn't happen for another, i don't know, four, six, eight weeks. so, at this point, it's still a guessing game for how bad it will be and they really want some rain, kyra. oh, boy, do they want some rain. a little rain would help, but it's not in the forecast. >> it will impact our food prices. think of all the things that contains corn, right? corn is what feeds our livestock. >> absolutely. absolutely. not very far from me, there is a hog facility not very far from me and they feed corn and they
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feed grains to the hogs and poultry in this country. so, it all goes all the way through. the government says the way they figure it next year, take $100 food bill, right, at the grocery store. it's going to be more like $104, $105. that's what this particular drought is going to do to grain prices. your food prices, rather. so interesting, too, because around the rest of the world where other nations spend a lot more of their income on food, it's going to be, it's really going to hurt some other countries. >> christine romans there in her home state, thanks so much. this year's drought is being mentioned as the worst since 1988. christine mentioned that. that year drought-related costs and damage aamounted to around $40 million. this summer, save up to 30%, plus get up to $100 on us. welcome to hotels.com. [ female announcer ] weak, damaged hair needs new aveeno nourish+ strengthen. active naturals wheat formulas restore strength
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rebels fighting government troops in at least five cities today capturing military sites and vowing to take down syrian president assad at all costs. new video from allepo here. cnn cannot confirm its authenticity, but opposition forces say they are gaining on assad forces. we're talking about here taking control of two police stations and capturing an army
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outpost near the city. we're told it was full of tanks and ammunition. now, we've got a map that shows how the battle for syria has expanded. the u.n. now says more than 100,000 people have fled the country and our own ivan watson is there and right there on the front lines. >> the fires are still smoldering after sunday night's rebel attack on a large syrian army base next to the highway between aleppo and the turkish border to the north. look at the results opthis attack. an armored personnel carrier blown open and just take a look at how ferocious this assault was. the turret, the turret was blown off the vehicle, something like 20 yards away. we were listening as the battle unfolded on sunday night. tracer fire lighting up the night sky, explosions, the syrian army calling in artillery
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all the way from aleppo which is miles away. we could hear the rebels as they approach. the earthworked around this army base crawling on their stomachs carrying rocket-propelled grenades which can only fire at close range to take out heavily armored vehicles like this. the day after the battle, the rebels are celebrating. this is why this outpost was such a strategic victory for the rebels. it overlooked the main highway that runs from the city of aleppo all the way to the turkish border and with this taken out, the rebels have assumed control of a crucial artery, transport artery between these two destinations. ahmed was one of the key commanders of this battle and he's now showing us the tanks and armored personnel carriers, just three of them, that they
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captured in sunday night's battle. >> translator: god willing, soon, we will meet the regime forces in aleppo. >> the regime forces pushed out of this area, but still making their presence known with artillery strikes. we now heard at least four shells crash, probably within a mile of where we are right now. you can see dust over here from an artillery strike, which is our cue to get the hell out of here. ivan watson, cnn, syria. >> ivan on the phone with me now. from your vantage point, what is your take? who is winning the battle for this country? we continually get mixed reports. >> well, i don't think there's getting this genie back into the bottle. the rebels have gotten so much more coordinated, so much better
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armed than they were, even a few months ago that they're carrying out complex operations and i think what's even a worse sign for the syrian government is how much of the syrian countryside has been efefectively governed y the opposition. for months we've been to villages that haven't seen any government presence since february, since march and april. they've been governing themselves. they established opposition rule onclave onclaves in the north of the country and so much so that we were able to visit a prison a couple days ago a prison full of 100 syrian soldiers and militia members and that was only about 25 miles north of aleppo. that just gives you a sense of how confident the armed opposition is right now, even as they continue to struggle street-by-street for control of the largest city in the country,
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aleppo. >> ivan, we should point out, you are working as a team with raja, she's been translating for you, shooting for you, producing for you. you know, talk to us about how the two of you are able to get such good access and be able to bring us these reports that we haven't been able to see within the past couple of weeks. prior it was just getting video fed in from those who are in the battle, but you two have really been able to get some pretty incredible access. >> well, first of all, the syrian government has refused for the better part of half a year any visas, journalist visas for cnn journalists. so, we've had to find other ways to get into the country. then, on the ground, we find that the rebels themselves are desperate to get their voices heard, to get their side of the story out to the outside world and are very accommodating to
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foreign journalists. we operate by moving with locals from each community who drive us around the countryside. what's incredible is that the government doesn't control the countryside here in northern syria. we can drive for hours and hours on back roads through village after village where it waves victoryine inin inine signs an close and get to speak with the people in these towns. an uprising of rebellion that is being led by the people themselves. farmers, carpenters, construction workers and they want to tell the rest of the world what they're doing because they feel they're not getting any outside help whatsoever. >> ivan watson, thanks so much. the u.n. says the conflict has now claimed almost 17,000 lives and the body count keeps risi rising. unless you have the right perspective.
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as we watch all our athletes go for the gold in london, it's hard not to think about the physical and mental preparation it takes for them to compete, but what is giving them quite an edge right now is technology. dr. sanjay gupta looks at some of the new invasions. tyler has an excellent chance of beating michael phelps but his underwater kick has to improve for this to happen. >> this is me here and, as you can see, i'm in the air and michael, along with everybody else is still on the block. and, so, my reaction is ahead of everybody else's at this point and i have a lead. you'll notice that everybody has caught up by the time we reach the 15 meter mark. >> the breakout portion of this race compared to michael, who is
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coming out of it at a little bit faster time move over here to the 15 meter mark to the 35 meter mark, he's at 11.3. 0.3 doesn't sound like a lot, but in swimming it is a lot of time. >> reporter: bmw has taken video analysis to the next level designing high performance cars and applying it to swimming. >> one of the most important parts of swimming. it's faster than on top of the water, but you really don't know why they go so fast or why you go faster than them. this technology, adding numbers and adding equations to this will help us evolve as swimmers. >> reporter: ricky barrens is experimenting with this new technology by marking six points where the body bends on the swimmer. the wrist, shoulder, hip, knee, ankle and toe. the software connects the dots.
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>> we have the kick frequency and the kick depth and the kick rate. this is really going to help usa swimming to help determine what makes a great dolphin kick. >> reporter: what swimmers wear affects their aerodynamic. this year, it evolved even more. >> the more fabric you can put on the human body, the faster it is going to be. to keep the body as uniform as possible, kind of like a torpedo. >> reporter: incidentally, the same goes for track and field athletes. >> we had a texture to the suit to make it faster. if you look really close, there's dimensions to it, texture to it. so, it turns out smooth. does not equal fast. it shaves off 0.02 seconds. not just a difference between first and second place, the isis the difference of being on the podium or not. this is the spread shoe for the 100 meter. extremely lightweight, extrem y ly supportive. independent, loose cables that
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gives you a perfect fit. >> reporter: for marathoners, shoes have to be even lighter. >> only 160 grams light. can save yourself 90%, which is how much lighter than our favorite marathon shoe. at the end of the race, you would have saved yourself the weight of a car. >> reporter: for basketball players, the weight of their shorts could impact their game and their shoes can track their performance. just some of the ways technology is shaping the london olympics. >> 33. that's awesome. >> i have to say, i'm very disappointed because i thought you would come dressed out in full garb. >> i have underneath my clothes here. >> can you imagine sanjay gupta, that would have brought out ratings if sanjay came out in his swim number. >> they have to be longer, they're not the speedos -- >> i didn't mean to throw you off. you're turning red. we were talking about this at
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home last night and i actually said, okay, i would have thought less would be better but you said more coverage and, also -- >> the texture to it. it decreases friction. these swimsuits, by the way, they're so delicate and skin tight you have to put them on with gloves. >> it is like wearing spanx. you wouldn't know about that, but that's exactly what this is. >> this is what the u.s. team is wearing, the men. also the caps. women typically wear two caps. one is just to compress the hair down and the other to get rid of a profile on the back of the head, but they get a teardrop shape. >> right, because you see so many of the female swimmers have such long hair and i even said, these are all the things we were talking about at home the other night. you would think you would want to cut your hair, less weight, less bulk. >> they can make it work for you in these compression caps. they wear two caps, the women
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do. dana lost her cap at the bottom of the pool. goggles. essentially two seals. the outer seal and an inner seal. you let water collect in here and that gives you more compression against the face and gives you that really nice streamline sort of look. >> so, goggles always fog up. you know, as kids we spit in the goggles and clean them out. >> you have an outer layer of water that is the same temperature and you're not getting the fluctuation in temperature, they're not perfect. but also the great shape. >> this is the real stuff. >> this is the real stuff. they said they wanted me to join the team, but i said i was busy, i had to do a live shot with you. >> he was behind in his training. i could see you in there with lochte, phelps and gupta. you'd be cheering them on. blowing the whistle. definitely interesting. this is something we were talk
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about at home and a lot of people notice these things and wonder -- >> you'll see incredible times. keep in mind, everybody has access to this technology. the playing field is level across countries, but overtimes it makes a difference. >> you're seeing record times this time around. thanks. you can catch more coverage of the games this weekend when sanjay looks into the science behind doping and profiles an olympian that almost couldn't compete in london due to a heart defect. watch sanjay gupta saturday 4:30 p.m. eastern and 7:30 p.m. eastern on sunday. you know, i have done something worthwhile. when i earned my doctorate through university of phoenix, that pride, that was on my face. i am jocelyn taylor. i'm committed to making a difference in people's lives, and i am a phoenix. visit phoenix.edu to find the program that's right for you. enroll now.
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we talk all the time about how much of our personal information is compiled by facebook, google and apaal. but did you know amazon may know a whole lot more? alison kosik, tell us about this recommendation system and what you found out. >> to amazon's credit, kyra,
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this is not all that different from what other websites do right now. you are there to shop, after all. you know, think of all the times you are looking for a dress online and then you see the store's ad pop up on another site you were on later in the day and you thought, gosh, how did they know that? all about how they track your shopping online. now, you probably noticed if you're on the amazon site and you're browsing there, a bunch of items pop up that are called recommended for you. you think, oh, wow, i like that. but amazon's recommendation formula is pretty simple because it bases its suggestions on what you bought in the past, which items you have in your shopping cart, the items you rated and what other customers have viewed. so, let's say you're a new parent and you may see suggestions for bottles, diapers and other things for a newborn and sports fans, you know, they may get recommendations for collector's dvds and things like that. it does have an appropriately technical name, as well.
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it item-to-item collective filtering. kyra? >> you click on something you are interested in and you see all these other recommendations and you buy more than you had planned on buying and amazon profits. >> exactly. it's a winning formula. but what amazon isn't really saying what its sales numbers are and when people buy these recommended items. what they're telling fortune in a very artfully way is saying our mission is to delight our customers by allowing them to cered ceredipitously and the company reported 30% sales compared to the same time last year and it did say that it thinks recommendations are its biggest metric of success. now, the company does have a little bit of work to do to perfect it. one analyst at wells fargo says she was recently recommended to buy a chainsaw carrying case for no apparent reason. there are a new nuances but i find it helpful. i like to see the suggestions, how about you? >> i have to admit, i purchased
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more than i plan on purchasing when i clicked on a number of things, alison. thank you so much. judging by amazon's success. the recommendation system does work. the company reported nearly $13 billion in sales during the second quarter this year. that is up from $10 billion during the same time last year. bacon, donuts. -my taste buds. -[ taste buds ] waffles. how about we try this new kind of fiber one cereal? you think you're going to slip some fiber by us? rookie. okay. ♪ nutty clusters and almonds, ♪ ♪ almonds. ♪ fiber one is gonna make you smile. ♪ [ male announcer ] introducing new fiber one nutty clusters and almonds. with 43% daily value of fiber for you. crunchy nutty clusters and real almond slices for your taste buds.
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well, medical teams in uganda are racing to stop a deadly outbreak of ebola. at least 14 people have died this month of the highly infectious virus that can be hard to diagnose early on. it also makes it hard to track down people who may have come in contact with ebola patients, which is exactly what teams from agodda and the world health organization are trying to do. ebola kills more than 6 out of 10 people who have it. no light, no tv, no trains and maybe worse of all, no air conditioning for 600 million people. the second collapse of the
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indian power grid in two days and almost twice as bad as yesterday's. almost half of the population of the world's second most populous country is in the dark. well, governments scramble to get the power flowing, first to hospitals and then to train lines and then to everybody else. cnn joining me now out of new delhi. tell us what is causing all of this. >> the indian power minister spoke earlier in the day and he hinted that the states, several states in india and most of them, he said, are overdrawing power. now, why they're overdrawing power when i spoke with analysts, they told me, because it is considerable shortfall of power in this country. and that shortfall is in the range of 8% to 9% and this is the figure of our deficit that india suffers.
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now, states are overdrawing, overdrawing the power beyond their sanction load. that is causing the collapse to happen because it add aed additional pressure on the grids. >> and you've talked about this overdrawing and it's not only impacting, as we mentioned, the air conditioning and the trains and we're talking about 600 million people in the dark, but now we're learning of these miners that are trapped. what more can you tell us about that? >> i spoke with the officials about the miners that were trapped and they said there is no cause of worry as of now because they have the emergency supplies and most of the miners will be pulled out within a couple of hours or so. i spoke to the officials there and they said they are using emergency supplies to power the lifts and power the elevators to pull them out. when i spoke to them maybe about an hour or two hours ago, 60% of
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them reported underground and officials say they are pretty safe and no need to panic at all and no need to worry at all. >> final question, harmeet, what is being done to get the power back on? what are officials telling you and also, long term, how is this going to be handled? >> officials are drawing up power from sources. india is largely dependent on coal and now also tapping into hydropower to meet the short fall. when you talk about long-term plans, one thing is to be, one prospect here is india is no stranger to power cuts. power cuts happen seven to eight a hours a day in most parts of the country especially during summertime. many parts still, that are not even indians are no stranger t power cuts. but, yes, this grid collapse
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happened in -- and that, perhaps, exposed the urgency in the indian government's effort to seek $400 billion of investment in easing supply. >> thanks so much. lack of rain is aggravating india's power problems as well. farmers rely on wells with electric pumps.
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a possible major policy move by democrats support for same sex marriage may now be a part of the platform at the democratic national convention come september. cnn political editor mark preston in washington, what do you think, mark? good political strategy? >> reporter: well, certainly could be history-making if, in fact, democrats continue to move forward and this becomes part of the platform. right now they're at the draft level stage. they drafted language this past weekend. still needs to go through another round of review in a couple of weeks and then, of course, on to the platform. if it does go through, we shouldn't be too surprised. only a couple of months ago where we saw president obama come out and express support himself for same sex marriage, which is pretty interesting in
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itself. now, what could be troubling is for some democrats who represent states that are conservative or districts that are conservative that might not necessarily embrace the idea of same sex marriage, kara. >> we have been talking for months now, and black pastors have come together across this country and said, because of this, don't vote for barack obama. so is it more of a message to stay home, don't vote, or get out and vote for mitt romney? >> reporter: i think it is the same message. in fact, these are the same black pastors that didn't vote for barack obama in 2008. they think that he's too liberal on social issues. but just on the issue of same sex marriage in the black community, look at this poll that came out in the past couple of hours from pew, which shows right now in fact a majority, albeit a slim majority of blacks do not support same sex marriage, but we should note from the time we sit now to 2008 that support for same sex marriage has increased by 14 percentage points.
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so now 40% of blacks do in fact support same sex marriage. let's talk about the bigger picture now and really doesn't matter that we have these black pastors out right now saying that they shouldn't vote for president obama because of this issue. let's look at this exit poll. look at the numbers from the exit poll back in 2008. 95% of blacks supported president obama. he xleclearly has a lock on the vote. the most recent poll from gallup shows 89% right now of blacks still say that they will vote for president obama in november. so the only hope that these pastors can hope and mitt romney can hope is to chip away at this as the black vote, try to suppress a little bit of the turnout. that could potentially help them in some states such as ohio, florida, north carolina, kyra. >> mark preston, thanks so much. for much more on the presidential election and today's state contest like the race between two texas republicans, check out cnn.com/politics.
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michael phelps will get a chance to redeem himself today, he'll compete in the 200 meter butterfly, his signature event. he has 17 total medals now, two short of the most ever for any olympian and has a chance to break the record during the games. he told our piers morgan he wants to use his celebrity now to help others. >> i'll be the first time i made -- i've made a lot of mistakes in my life. and, but i think being able to have the opportunity of being a celebrity, you know, it helps me achieve some of the things that i want to do with the goal to raise the bar in the sport of swimming. i think, one, people should learn how to swim more, just for safety. but, two, also try to get them involved in our sport and, you know, we have seen a significant change over the last, you know,
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ten years, but in my eyes it can change so much more. >> phelps is scheduled to swim in the 200 meter butterfly, around 2:45 p.m. eastern time. thanks for watching, everyone. "newsroom international" starts right now. i'm suzanne malveaux. we're taking you around the world in 60 minutes. the crippling power outages in india, just got a wholeing abou people in the dark. to syria where the rebels say they could be days away from taking hold of a critical city, the battle is now heating up. cnn is there for a rare glimpse inside that civil war. first, a big controversy at the olympics. that's right. a 16-year-old chinese swimmer wins the gold medal and denies that she is doping. ye shiwen set a record yesterday. on saturday, she won gold in the 400 meter individual medley. yesterday, the head of the world
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swimming association called her swim unbelievable. and suggested she may be doping. the young swimmer, she told reporters late last night and we are quoting here, my achievements derive from diligence and hard work. i will never use drugs. the chinese team is extremely strict on doping control. so i can assure you that it is not an issue with us. and women's gymnastics, the team finals happening right now. if the u.s. wins, it will be their first team gold since 1996. we'll keep you posted on that one. i want to go back to the swimming. the women's 200 meter freestyle happening in about two hours. 17-year-old american missy franklin, she is taking on the world record holder, that is fredricka pell greeny of italy. in men's swimming, michael phelps could win two medals today. first up, the 200 meter butterfly. if he pulls it off, he jumps back into the pool for the relay. if he wins both, he'll h